Posted on 6/7/2021 by Andrew Horowitz, DMD, MD, FACS
The aftercare for a tooth removal may vary depending on the tooth location or extraction technique. However, you can expect the wound to heal within 7 to 10 days. It is essential that you follow your dental surgeon's guidelines to ensure quick and proper healing.
Here, we have highlighted some of the main things you need to remember about healing after a tooth extraction.
Aftercare for a Tooth Removal Surgery
First, make sure that you take your prescribed medicines on time. If Dr. Horowitz or Dr. Orentlicher has given you antibiotics, do not skip a dose, shorten or prolong the course without consulting with your surgeon.
If your pain doesn't subside or the site continues bleeding even after 12 hours, contact us immediately.
If you suddenly experience intense pain several days after your extraction, call us at (914) 768-8220 immediately. We can perform an oral examination to rule out the possibility of an infection.
Apart from taking your medicines on time, make sure to get some rest after the treatment. Even if you feel great, avoid exercising and other physically-demanding activities. Anything that gets your heart rate up can lead to bleeding as the blood clot can dislodge prematurely.
What Not to Do After a Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, you should avoid eating or drinking for at least 3 to 4 hours. Similarly, do not smoke for the next couple of days as it can lead to a dry socket.
Moreover, do not eat solid foods immediately after. Start with liquids such as a milkshake or fresh fruit juice (do not use a straw!). Once the numbness wears off, you can eat something soft like mashed potatoes or a plain sandwich.
Another thing you must avoid after a tooth extraction is poking into the gap created. Resist the temptation to run your tongue over the extraction site as it can slow down clot formation or even cause it to bleed.
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